Product Match Dating Spotlight: Arc'teryx Thorium Hoody

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I have a great sense of humor and a wind-resistant outer face fabric that always gives me an optimistic outlook no matter the weather. I'm looking for someone with a lovely, warm personality to match my own. I pride myself in being effortless and packable, always ready for an early morning hike.

I am interested in someone who appreciates:
Taking the road less traveled
An insulated storm hood
Freedom of movement
Reality TV
Storm chasing
Backpacking

On a typical Friday night I am out with friends, but not too late! The next morning I am sure to be hitting the trail fresh and early.

Favorite Quote: "There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm." - Willa Cather

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Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody

Patagonia Emmilen Jacket

Marmot Kenzie Jacket

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3 Reasons Why You Need Water Shoes

Ahhh, yes! The dog days of summer are finally here, and I for one couldn’t be more excited. It’s that sun scorching yet beautiful time of July when the fam and I load up the wood paneled station wagon (or midsize SUV, same diff.) and traverse deep into the wilderness for a weeklong excursion of camping, hiking and swimming.

Like any seasoned vacationer, top-of-mind items that I tend to pack first include the tent and all its accessories, an extra-large cooler, trekking poles, hydration packs and, of course, water shoes.

Water shoes, aka amphibious shoes, are often forgotten in the mix of necessary outdoor gear. Sure, you probably own cheap rubber sandals, and that’s great! They may do the trick when you’re taking out the trash, but not in the thick of the great outdoors. 

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  1. Keen Clearwater CNX
  2. Columbia Megavent™
  3. adidas Outdoor CLIMACOOL® Jawpaw Slip-On
  4. Keen Uneek

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  1. Keen Clearwater CNX
  2. Chaco ZX/3® Yampa
  3. Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve
  4. Keen Rose Slide

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Here’s a quick breakdown as to why you need to invest in a pair of water shoes for your next adventure: 

1) Variety
Are you particular in the way you dress, even miles away from civilization and cell phone reception? Well, you’re in luck. Athletic brands, such as Nike and adidas, are now inundating the marketplace alongside Keen, Columbia and Chaco, so your high-fashion footwear can remain on point. As a direct result, there are a plethora of bright colors and traditional styles for your viewing and wearing pleasure.

2) Safety
With specially designed outsoles, one can easily transition from wooded trails to sandy shorelines, and even atop pebbly riverbanks or damp rock formations, all without the fear of risking injury. For example, Merrell’s M Select GRIP™ technology delivers durable, slip-resistant traction that releases dirt and debris with its specialized lugs. Brands like Keen, SOLE and Teva have similarly patented protection that works just as great.

3) Comfort
Thinking twice about that “must-see” eight-mile hike upstream? Don’t! Most water shoes integrate compression-molded EVA midsoles for all-day comfort and support. Furthermore, depending on the style, most designs incorporate open or vented uppers that allow feet to breathe and dry off quicker.

There you have it, folks. Three sound reasons as to why water shoes should be your next purchase. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to finish packing.

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The Osprey & Big Agnes Campout

Springtime in the Las Vegas Valley is a short but very enjoyable time of the year for camping. Around here, we take great advantage of the great weather with camping, hiking or any other excuse we can find to get outdoors in our local parks like Valley of Fire and Red Rock Conservation Area.

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Last week, a handful of outdoor enthusiasts were invited by Osprey and Big Agnes to attend the Annual Retail Community Campout. Employees of Zappos.com, REI and Desert Rock Sports got together to hang out, talk shop, test out some new gear by Big Agnes and Osprey and most importantly, enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery.  This year, the event was held at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area, located about 25 miles west of the Zappos HQ.  
 
If you grew up camping with department store camping gear like myself and have been out of the game for a while, you will be blown away by the quality, craftsmanship and ease of setup/teardown that is the epitome of Big Agnes gear. Osprey, purveyors of high quality packs and travel gear, celebrates their 40 year anniversary and was one of the first to introduce breathable mesh in their line of packs over 35 years ago.
 
On behalf of the outdoor enthusiasts at Zappos HQ, we would like to thank Steve and Mitch from Osprey and Big Agnes, as well as everyone else who attended. While there is no substitute for world-class outdoor equipment, it’s really about the people you camp with that make it a memorable experience.
 
Here’s a highlight reel of last year’s event at Valley of Fire, a mere 51 miles from Downtown Las Vegas.

 
On a Side note, in the summer Months we enjoy Mt. Charleston for hiking and camping, which is a 45-minute drive from the office! This just goes to prove that Las Vegas is WAY more than just The Strip!

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New Brand Spotlight: John Deere

John Deere, John Deere footwear, John Deere boots, John Deere work boots, work boots, work shoes, John Deere is one of the most respected and recognizable brands in the world. Its innovative designs and quality materials include tough, durable leathers and slip-resistant outsoles that meet dirt, mud, and hard work head-on so you can give your best performance every workday.

John Deere work boots come with a variety of soft toe, steel toe, and composite toe styles to match whatever environment you will be working in. Their designs also accommodate what you need during your workday, with both easy slip-on work boots and secure lace-up work boots featuring eyelets and hooks that are set on stainless steel washers for long-lasting durability. The majority of their boots include removable orthotic inserts with airflow technology to keep you dry and comfortable. The John Deere WCT work boot series, which stands for Work Comfort Technology, is named for the tough, high-abrasion, and oil-resistant polyurethane that supports and protects your feet.

Made to stand up to the toughest conditions, your John Deere boots will not let you down.

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Give Dad Some "Aloha" with Maui Jim!

Pops. Dad. Papa. Pa.  No matter what you call him, one thing seems to stay constant with dear ol' dad: his love for practical gifts! This Father’s Day, give him the gift of aloha --and unsurpassed glare protection and color clarity---with Maui Jim sunglasses!

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Classics:

1. Maui Jim “Stingray”

2. Maui Jim “Sandy Beach”

3. Maui Jim “Makaha”

 

 

New Styles:

1. Maui Jim “Breakers”

2.Maui Jim “Legends”

3. Maui Jim “Kawika”

 

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Snow Days Were Made for adidas Outdoor Terrex

As we head into December from the coldest November the country has seen in almost four decades, the promise of more snow days just got a bit more real. Thankfully, gearing up for the beginning of winter is as easy as grabbing a couple of cold-weather essentials from adidas Outdoor.

Their Terrex line, along with other snow-proof gear, makes layering up for those winter treks way more lightweight and breathable. We all know how cold-weather gear can weigh us down, and on the mountain, that extra bulk is never ideal. adidas Outdoor Terrex hiking boots and outerwear helps insulate and protect from the chill while preserving your agility and speed when and where it matters most!

Check out some of our favorites from adidas Outdoor:

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Women's:

1. adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift Climaheat Frost Jacket

2. adidas Outdoor "Libria Pearl" CP PrimaLoft®

3. adidas Outdoor Hiking "Reachout" Pull Over Fleece

Men's:

4. adidas Outdoor Hiking Climaheat Jacket

5. adidas Outdoor Terrex "Swift R Mid GTX®

6. adidas Outdoor Terrex "Stockhorn" Fleece Hoodie


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New Brand Spotlight: Jack Wolfskin

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Jack Wolfskin outdoor clothing and gear are designed with the ultimate outdoor adventurer in mind. As one of Europe’s leading providers for the outdoor lifestyle, Jack Wolfskin is built on the focus of combining the best possible weatherproof functionality with all-day comfort.

If you live for the freedom of the great outdoors, if you are always pining for that next great adventure, Jack Wolfskin jackets, coats and outdoor gear was made for you! Their durable, high-quality materials are tried and tested to stand up to the harsh elements of rain, wind, snow and cold -- all while looking superbly timeless.

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1. Jack Wolfskin "Fairfield" Women's Jacket

2. Jack Wolfskin "Svalbar" Men's Jacket

3. Jack Wolfskin "Milton" Women's Jacket

4. Jack Wolfskin "Milton" Women's Coat

5. Jack Wolfskin "Carson" Men's Jacket


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New Brand Spotlight: Mountain Khakis

For the adventurous soul, there is simply no substitute for the freedom, the authenticity and the unbridled spirit that the great outdoors offers. This pursuit of rugged adventure is a way of life that’s embraced by those who yearn for much more beyond the daily hustle and bustle.

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Mountain Khakis is a brand that started as organically as a spur-of-the-moment roadtrip. What started as a casual conversation amongst nature enthusiasts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has since evolved into one of the most admired lifestyle apparel brands dedicated to the mountain and outdoor life.

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Going on a warm hike during that spring getaway or maybe catching an early-season baseball game with the boys? Mountain Khakis’ focus on performance and quick-dry, moisture-wicking fabrics makes it an easy choice! Take the Mountain Khakis Camber 105 shorts for example-- these versatile men’s shorts can take you from trail to tailgate to tavern with its triple-stitched seams, quick-stash cell phone pocket, diamond-shaped action gusset and a super comfy stretch. If you’re into versatility and durability, these shorts do not disappoint!

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Mountain Khakis also makes versatile, adventure-ready clothing for you nature-loving ladies out there! Whether it’s a pair of women’s twill hiking shorts or a flattering shirt dress that looks just as good at dinner as it does on that spring vacation, Mountain Khakis puts the focus on a wearable balance between contemporary style and dependable, rugged quality.

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